I seldom read the press releases anymore that automakers and their media consultants dump into my inbox by the hundreds each week. Time is too scarce for me to spend absorbing all the minutae of sales figures, new trim levels, and strategic social media partnerships that fill my Autosavant inbox. That said, when I saw the subject line reading “2013 BMW ALPINA B7 super-high performance luxury sedan…” I had to open the message.
Long time readers of Autosavant may remember the week I spent in a 2011 ALPINA B7 sedan. Despite having experience with very few vehicles with which to compare the B7, I think the review managed to offer a fair assessment of the rare sedan. I found the bespoke, handmade interior and 500 HP to live up to the mystique of the ALPINA name, and the experience gave me a respect for European performance cars in the $120k price bracket.
Visceral memories of my week spent with the ALPINA B7 came rushing back to me upon reading the introductory paragraph in BMW’s email, so I clicked through to BMW’s press site, where I learned that the 2013 ALPINA B7 got a 40 HP output bump to 540 HP, a new eight-speed ALPINA automatic transmission (up from six ratios), an increase in top speed from 175 MPH to 194 MPH, and a 4.3 second run to 60 MPH. Other updates mirror the mid-cycle enhancement to other 7-series BMWs.
The updated vehicle will make a North American debut next month in Pebble Beach. As before, the ALPINA B7 is available from BMW retailers as a special-order vehicle. As before, the B7’s body assembled on BMW’s production line in Dingolfing before being shipped to ALPINA in Buchloe, Germany to be fitted by hand with the hand-built motor and bespoke interior. The B7 is available in standard and long-wheelbase versions, with rear- (sDrive) or all-wheel (xDrive) propulsion, with prices starting at $128,495. My fingers are crossed that one will make it in to BMW’s Seattle press fleet.